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“Musty, but Cheap”

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St. Charles Guest House
Ranked #44 of 138 New Orleans B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Durham NC
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11 reviews
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“Musty, but Cheap”
Reviewed 12 March 2004

This place has a great location. It is certainly possible to walk to the French Quarter if you are not a terrified old fart. Also, the streetcar is a block away. And you can see some funny sights leaning out of the lovely huge windows over Prytania.

However, the place is not as much quaint as it is run-down. During my stay, we came home to an electrical fire. Our room was not damaged, but we didn't have water for a few hours. This does not inspire confidence in one's lodgings. I wouldn't stay here again, but if you need a rilly cheap hostel in a convienient location, this will do.

PS--don't get excited about the books. They are old textbooks, cheesy romances and dusty library sale leftovers.

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Reviewed 4 March 2004

I found my stay at the St. Charles Guest House to be quite enjoyable.
This b&b is family owned, and you can tell they all make an effort to try and meet the needs of the guests that stay there. Having said that, you do need to realize what sort of place you are booking. This is not the Ritz, but I ask you to find a better deal. As far as the location go, its great. Its located in an area with other B&B's, lots of restaurants, EXTREMELY close to the streetcar, and I never felt unsafe..and its very easy to feel unsafe in New Orleans--and if perhaps the other reviewer had TRIED to take the time to get to know the area he was staying in, he would realize this is as close to the Garden District as you can get (ever heard of zoning ordinances?). Dennis, the owner went out of his way to help our trip by giving us tour tickets, or making dinner reservations for us. His most delightful daughter even helped give our ornery teenage daughter tips on where she might like to go and our daughter can't stop talking about when she is going to go back to New Orleans. If you want Days Inn or cookie cutter hotel, then don't stay here, because the experience would be entirely lost on you and quite frankly, you don't deserve it. THANK YOU ST CHARLES GUEST HOUSE FOR A FABULOUS STAY--SEE YOU AGAIN SOON!

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dhilton1, Owner at St. Charles Guest House, responded to this review, 21 February 2013
The business of hospitality has enormous challenges. We welcome people from all over the world and from all walks of life. In the Guest House business we have people who stay
at the Guest House who just love a place like ours and of course those who would choose to be elsewhere but money is a consideration. This is the normal traveler. When special events are in town such as the Super Bowl then we begin to see travelers that we would not normally see. New Orleans has hosted three superbowls since I have owned a Guest House (over 33 years) . We tell those that call us that we are a simple older kind of place , no phones or tvs and not for every traveler. We are located in the best part of town and are for a special kind of traveler called an allocentric traveler.

I personally reserved every room at the Guest House during the Super Bowl period and worked every day over 12 hours a day during this time period. No one, I repeat no one paid $400 a night. No one complained to me personally even though we had over 40 guests during that time period. We have a wonderful housekeeper who does a great job and works hard every day.
The average price was $200/225 per night for two persons on a 4 night minimum during this time period. ( not $400 per night).. If something is wrong then let the management know and we will do all we can to alleviate the problem. It is very hard to solve a problem after checking out .
We are not perfect and have problems but our price reflects that consideration.

We will continue to work hard, serve guests and provide a safe economical housing option in New Orleans. I will advise those coming that our place is simple and is one of the friendliest housing options available. Additionally, I will further advise those coming that if they have a problem after checking in to let the staff know immediately and we will try to solve it. This review
is not the best and we are always sorry for any inconvenience that we may have caused .The other reviews reflect different opinions.
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Reviewed 4 February 2004

We did not have the bed & breakfast experience we expected at the St.
Charles Guesthouse. The quaint, elegant, rich, superb experience advertised on the Guesthouse web site was not to be found. Rather, it was dirty, mildewed, and falling apart. Plaster was falling out of the walls. Dirt and cobwebs were apparent throughout the room. It was uncertain whether or not the sheets were clean. We even found dirty socks from a previous occupant under the bed. Our room had a non-functioning fire detector (it was hanging open without a battery).
This was a concern given that the rooms contained natural gas heaters that generate an explosion if not properly lit.The beautifully restored 19th century homes and elegant, famous New Orleans restaurants and local eateries referred to in the Guesthouse web site are not located in the same neighborhood. Rather, they are in the Garden district, which is several blocks away. The Guesthouse neighborhood is at best marginal and at worst seedy and perhaps unsafe. It is also not a little less than a mile on foot to the French Quarter. It is certainly more than that, and one would not want to walk through the intervening neighborhoods, regardless.

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Reviewed 30 January 2004

The room smelled. The bed moved a lot. The bathroom did not have a door. The floor creaked. The room was sooo old, it looked dirty (although it wasn't dirty). BUT the people who worked there were very nice. My friend fractured her foot while partying too hard at Bourbon St. and they found her a room on the first floor (free of charge!!!).
The owner lent her a walker and even took her (with the rest of us in tow) to the nearest hospital, then picked us up and gave us a small tour of the Garden District. They are the best hotel emloyees I have ever known!

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Reviewed 1 January 2004

I stayed here in Sept, 2003. My friend and I got a two bedroom suite for about $75 a night. The rm smelled smoky upon arrival, but the air conditioner clears the smell away. Other than that, the rm was reasonably clean, decorated nicely, comfortable, quiet with good plumbing, had high ceilings & lots of windows. There are caches of interesting books stashed all over the property that you can borrow during your stay. It is close to the streetcar, but the walk at night takes some getting used to since there are few streetlights and few people. Having stayed in some scary hostels, this is a great place for those who want to take the European Backpackerer route in a cool establishment at a great price. Apparently, the rms vary in size & amenities, so you should probably be specific about what you want when booking. Another plus: Their website is very informative and helpful.

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Property: St. Charles Guest House
Address: 1748 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70130-5261
Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Garden District
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #44 of 138 B&Bs / Inns in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The St Charles Guest House is a simple, friendly,affordable Guest House(B&B) located in the Nationally Hisotric Garden District of New Orleansjust one block from the St. Charles Streetcar stop #11. Museums, manyrestaurants, pubs, drug and food stores within walking distance. TheGuest House is over 125 years old and has been a lodging facility forover 50 years. Family owned and operated. Pool and patio area withfree wifi and complimentary bakery breakfast in the am by the pool.Economy and for the allocentric traveler. Just 17 blocks to the FrenchQuarter. Catering to international travelers with discounts to students, teachers, first responders and worldly travelers. ... more   less 
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